Ninjas in Pyjamas came out on top of TECHLABS 2013 in Moscow with a 16-10 victory over Virtus.pro in the Grand Final.
Having come from the Upper Bracket, NiP had the advantage of needing just one map to win the tournament, while Virtus.pro, who had defeated ESC Gaming in the Consolidation Final, required two maps to get their hands on the $8,000 cheque.
It was the Swedish team who came ou the brighter, winning the pistol round, but some sloppy play from them almost cost them the second round before Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund won the decisive 1-on-1.
After NiP made it 3-0, Virtus.pro finally started gaining some ground, inspired by Sergey "Fox" Stolyarov, who was showing all his AWPing skills. The home side also opted for some aggressive moves with early pushes in some rounds, which caught NiP's players by surprise and put the Russia-based team up 7-3.
The Swedes then finally managed to recover but they were still getting picked off early in the rounds. In the 12th round, NiP found themselves in a 2-on-4 situation, but still managed to come out on top, with Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg taking down three players after being left alone. The next round followed the same trend, but this time around it was Adam "friberg" Friberg to get three kills.
NiP eventually managed to take the score to 8-7 in their favour, but they knew that things would not be easy for them as they would have to play on the CT side now. Alesund came out strongly in the pistol round, getting a triple kill which paved the way for his team to win the round.
After the second round also went NiP's way, Virtus.pro decided to buy, but their rush onto the A site from catwalk was stopped by Richard "Xizt" Landström and Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson.
NiP kept picking up round after round as Virtus.pro looked a bit off the pace after the break, and in the end the Swedish team ran out 16-10 victors to clinch the TECHLABS trophy.
|NiP||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating|
|Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT||26 - 16||+10||-||1.44|
|Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest||21 - 19||+2||-||1.12|
|Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt||19 - 18||+1||-||0.97|
|Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg||16 - 19||-3||-||0.91|
|Robin 'Fifflaren' JohanssonFifflaren||14 - 16||-2||-||0.90|
|Virtus.pro||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating|
|Dauren 'AdreN' KystaubayevAdreN||25 - 20||+5||-||1.28|
|Kirill 'ANGE1' KarasiowANGE1||20 - 21||-1||-||0.96|
|Sergey 'Fox' StolyarovFox||16 - 16||0||-||0.92|
|Mihail 'Dosia' StolyarovDosia||14 - 20||-6||-||0.75|
|Emil 'kUcheR' AkhundovkUcheR||13 - 19||-6||-||0.73|
TECHLABS Cup 2013 final standings:
1. Ninjas in Pyjamas - $8,000
2. Virtus.pro - $4,000
3. ESC Gaming - $2,000
4. Natus Vincere - $1,000